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The Perfect Match

Electric Assist and Recumbent Cycle: Perfectly Made for Each Other!

There is no other type of cycle that fits electric motors as perfectly as a recumbent bike or trike. Why is obvious: In addition to the relaxed sitting position, it is now easier than ever to pedal. The built-in aerodynamic advantage of your recumbent bike also comes to the fore when supported electrically: less drag means more range out of your battery. Unique safety advantage: Our E-Trikes (tricycles with electric motor) can be equipped with a turn indicator lights!

With our electric drives you pedal and exercise, while a powerful motor gives you support up to three times your strength, depending on the system. So you can conquer the local mountain with a smile on your face or ride to work fast and yet completely relaxed.

Particularly convincing: The cycling feeling with your recumbent bike is maintained even with the strong motor thanks to the sophisticated electronic control system. No noise, no jerking, no pushing. The electric system is very safe: it only supports you when pedaling. It starts quietly at the first crank revolution and is electronically limited smoothly when 25 km/h is reached (15.6 mph, US-versions 20 mph).

With the maximum support programmed at 25 km/h, your electric recumbent bike is considered a pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) in Europe and can be ridden without registration, helmet or license plate. (An exception is our Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec which provides you with pedal support up to 45 km/h / 28 mph.)

Due to the low vehicle weight, the recumbent pedelecs can also be easily driven without motor support when the battery power is used up. On the uphill tricycles play out another advantage: In contrast to conventional electric bikes, your trike will keep you safely on track even at low speeds. At the traffic light stop, you don’t even have to take your feet off the pedals!

As a prospective buyer of one of our tricycles, you have a particularly large choice, because three different drive systems can provide extra power for your trike: either the extremely quiet neodrives hub motor Z20 in the rear wheel or one of the two bottom bracket motors from Shimano STEPS series, which are transformed in the recumbent bike from a middle to a front engine. Two gear options are available for each of the three electric motors to perfectly match the additional electrical power. This also applies to the neodrive Z20 RS, which is available as a separate option exclusively for our Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec.

These power packs each have their own unique character – just like you. This makes it possible to provide you with a solution tailored precisely to your needs. What all systems have in common is the low battery mounting position located under the seat leading to great riding stability, if required also with a second battery. The ergonomically positioned, easy-to-read controls make it easy for you to maintain an informed overview. You will reach your destination relaxed, no matter whether you simply want to pass the traffic jam in the city or embark on a long journey with heavy luggage.

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Our electric drives

Four powerful motors together with two alternative gear systems = eight distinctive combinations

Which electric drive suits me best?

neodrives Z20 and Shimano STEPS in comparison

Convenient and highly comfortable: the STEPS E5000 system has a very harmonious setup with a maximum torque of 40 Nm. With the 8-speed derailleur X4 from Sram you have a solid companion for relaxed tours in moderately demanding terrain. If, on the other hand, you’re often on the road in the city with frequent starting and stopping, Shimano’s Nexus Di2 automatic gearbox is the perfect choice. The rear hub shifts into gear fully automatically, which is the ultimate in both comfort and safety: you can concentrate completely on the traffic without any thoughts about changing gears.

Whoever wants endless power on the mountain slopes or wants to turn his trike into a packhorse will quickly become a friend of the STEPS E8000 system with 70 Nm torque. Regardless of the only partially comparable torque data, for many customers the most important factor is how much thrust the engine develops when starting up. This is where the neodrives Z20 takes the lead, whose high torque generated right at te drive wheel brings maximum power to the road right from the start, especially when combined with a small 20-inch wheel. The hub motor also scores with its finely balanced driving characteristics. Nature lovers will appreciate the practically inaudible power generator in the rear wheel.

Unlike hub motors, the bottom bracket drive is unfamiliar with the subject of overheating at slow speeds on very steep mountains. There, you will always be well advised with Shimano STEPS. By the way: A safe and comfortable ride uphill is a real domain of the stable trikes from HP Velotechnik.

All three electric drive systems offer impressive ranges. And with the optional extra battery, you hardly have to think about the next power outlet for recharging. In this aspect, neodrives wins the convenience rating: Here you simply plug in a cable without exchanging the battery, moreover the batteries have more capacity.

Technical data

Facts & figures about our electric drives

Shimano
STEPS E5000
Shimano
STEPS E8000
neodrives
Z20*
neodrives
Z20 RS
available for
all tricycles except S-Pedelec
all tricycles except S-Pedelec
all two- and three-wheelers except S-Pedelec
Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec
support
up to 25 km/h (15.6 mpv, US-version 20 mph)
up to 25 km/h (15.6 mpv, US-version 20 mph)
up to 25 km/h (15.6 mpv, US-version 20 mph)
up to 45 km/h (28 mph)
starting aid
at the push of a button up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
at the push of a button up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
at the push of a button up to 4 km/h (2.5 mph)
at the push of a button up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
reverse gear
at the push of a button up to 3 km/h* (1.9 mph)
scheduled, currently not available
range**
up to 145 km (90 miles)
(up to 340 km / 211 miles with additional battery Folding function restricted)
up to 80 km (50 miles)
(up to 200 km / 124 miles with with additional battery. Folding function restricted)
up to 145 km (90 miles)
(up to 290 km / 180 miles with with additional battery. Folding function restricted)
up to 60 km (37 miles)
(up to 120 km / 75 miles with with additional battery. Folding function restricted)
power amplification
3 levels: Eco / Normal / High
3 levels: Eco / Trail / Boost
5 levels
5 levels
noise level
very quiet bottom bracket motor
quiet bottom bracket motor
extremely quiet hub motor
extremely quiet hub motor
max. torque
40 Nm (at the bottom bracket)
70 Nm (at the bottom bracket)
40 Nm (at the rear wheel)
40 Nm (at the rear wheel)
nominal power
250 W
250 W
250 W
500 W
battery
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
BMZ 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
BMZ 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
energy content
418 Wh
418 Wh
612 Wh
651 Wh
Weight of battery
2,7 kg (6 lbs)
2,7 kg (6 lbs)
3,5 kg (7.7 lbs)
4,1 kg (9 lbs)
Battery life
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
charger
Shimano EC-E60021 (2 A)
Shimano EC-E60021 (2 A)
BMZ fast charger 4 A
BMZ fast charger 4 A
charging time
6,5 hours (3,5 hours 80%) without memory effect
6,5 hours (3,5 hours 80%) without memory effect
4 hours without memory effect
4 hours without memory effect
weight of charger
1 kg (2.2 lbs)
1 kg (2.2 lbs)
0,85 kg (1.9 lbs)
1,1 kg (2.4 lbs)
extra weight
ca. 8,3 kg (18 lbs)
ca. 8,5 kg (19 lbs)
ca. 8,7 kg (19.2 lbs)
display
black&white display above the handlebar grip (Top View)
black&white display above the handlebar grip (Top View)
colour display above the handlebar grip (Top View) or to the side
colour display above the handlebar grip (Top View) or to the side
drivetrain
Sram X4 8 speed Derailleur system
twist grip
20″: 44/11–34 teeth
26″: 38 / 11–34 teeth
Shimano XT Di2 11 speed Derailleur system
button (electric gear shifting system)
20″: 50 / 11–46 teeth
26″: 44 / 11–46 teeth
Sram GX 30 speed Derailleur system
bar end shifters
20″: 60-52-40 / 11–36 teeth
26″: 52-42-30 /11–36 teeth
Sram GX 30 speed Derailleur system
bar end shifters
52-42-30 / 11–36 teeth
drivetrain (alternativ)
Shimano Nexus Di2 8 speed hub gears
Rohloff 14 speed hub gears
Pinion C1.12 12 speed bottom bracket gears
Pinion C1.12 12 speed bottom bracket gears
extras
optional large battery (504 Wh) with quick charger (4 A) KEC-E6000 (2.5 hours: 80 %); optional additional battery with 504 Wh Bluetooth interface
optional large battery (504 Wh) with quick charger (4 A) KEC-E6000 (2.5 hours: 80 %); optional additional battery with 504 Wh Bluetooth interface
Touch screen (can be operated in wet conditions and with gloves) USB interface
Touch screen (can be operated in wet conditions and with gloves) USB interface

* Reverse gear currently available for 20 inch models only. Function requires initial backward movement.

** Range due to manufacturer’s specifications:
neodrives Z20: support level 1, 100 W driver power, flat terrain, 70 kg payload incl. driver;
neodrives Z20 RS: support level 3, 80 W driver power, flat terrain, ambient temperature 20 °C, steady speed of 39 km/h;
Shimano STEPS E5000: under Shimano test conditions;
Shimano STEPS E8000: Eco support mode, system weight 100 kg, measured at 800 m altitude during uphill driving.